Disney ramps up the fever for Indiana Jones.
A new action scene from Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate debuted Wednesday during the studio’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. It featured Harrison Ford back in action as the iconic hero archaeologist for filmmaker James Mangold. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Ethann Isidore and Mads Mikkelsen play opposite Ford.
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And Ford himself introduced the footage by sending in a recorded message that played on the Colosseum’s big screen. “Hello CinemaCon,” said the action hero. “Playing Indiana Jones all those years has meant a lot to me.” He added that the movies are filled with so many elements, including snakes. “Why did it have to be snakes?”
Ford then thanked theater owners for their support and said the whole thing Indiana Jones team is “excited” for everyone to experience their new film on the “biggest and best screens”. Disney’s head of theater distribution Tony Chambers initiated the Ford intro. “We’re going to 11 with a high-stakes adventure,” Chambers noted before praising Mangold’s “great job” directing the new installment. “This is a must-see big screen movie event.”
The clip was a thrilling chase through narrow streets with Ford behind the wheel of a motorized minicar as he takes on Waller-Bridge’s character and they both try to avoid a gang of armed bad guys.
The preview footage comes just weeks ahead of the film’s world premiere at France’s Cannes Film Festival, which will see the film out of competition, and it follows a splash at London’s Star Wars Celebration earlier this month when a new trailer and six minutes of the video were shown.
At the time, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the scenes were littered with classic Indy moments that included tuk-tuk races through dusty Moroccan streets, Jones riding a horse through a New York street parade and jumping out of a burning plane with Waller-Bridge (who killed him in the film). describes as an “aging grave robber”), and a scene featuring a giant rolling boulder. To keep the film series’ ongoing Nazi theme alive, the story revolves around an ancient contraption that is haunted by both Jones and a villain played by Mads Mikkelsen, who says “Hitler made mistakes and with this I will correct them all.”
The expected final installment of the franchise will hit theaters on June 30. Directed by Mangold, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas serving as executive producers. John Williams, who has scored every Indiana Jones appearance since the original Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, again composed the score.
CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, will be held April 24-27 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
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